Friday, September 20, 2013

Running in the Fall

Hello friends and TGIF! Have I ever mentioned that Fall is my favorite season? There's something about that time that just captivates me and makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's the time when coffee shops brew up pumpkin spice lattes and when stores begin to smell like sweet cinnamon. Unfortunately for me, I don't get to experience the leaves changing colors or the change of air in the atmosphere, but that's okay because I bring the feeling home.

My little scarecrow with my harvest apples candle holder. I love yellow daisies.
 

My pumpkin salt and pepper shakers in the kitchen.
 

My yellow accent pillows, green throw and pumpkin adornment.
 

My house smells like a cinnabun. YUM! =)~
 
 
Fall is also my favorite time to run. I love it because the temperatures cool down, it becomes night faster, the views begin to change and there's a sense of camaraderie between runners as they gear up for Fall races. Oh, and racing in the Fall is also my fav <3. 

Here are a few tips on how you could take your training up a notch during this ideal season:

1. Run longer. Because the temps are cooler, you could add a few more minutes to your training session. You won't have to worry about the scorching heat or the dreadful humidity.

2. Run faster. Try to implement some fast intervals during your runs. I would suggest doing about 8-10 fast intervals within your run. By fast I don't mean a sprint, but more like a quick stride. You could do this about 2 to 3 times during the week.

3. Add miles to your long run. The rule of thumb is to add 10% more mileage every week. That usually comes out to about 1/2 to 1 additional mile a week. Take more walking breaks if necessary.

4. Add a day of running. You could tack on a short and easy run during the week. So if you're running 4-5 times a week, add one short running day. I would suggest to add this day after your long run. You will probably feel sore from the previous day, but running the day after may actually improve fitness and speed up recovery as you get your blood flowing to your legs.

5. Sign up for a race. You won't regret running a race during this time. There's plenty of 5Ks, half-marathons and full marathons during the Fall. Sign up for the distance you feel most comfortable with.

Do you enjoy running in the Fall? Why or why not?
 
 
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I'm grateful for the amazing
pedicure and manicure I got today.
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2 comments:

  1. I love running in the fall!! I think Saturdays during the fall are made for long runs, then recovering on the couch watching football games!!
    Also, I love running in shorts and a hoodie- weird, but it just feels good.

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    1. I totally agree with you! I love doing my runs early on Saturday morning. I feel so accomplished for the remainder of the day!

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